Burning Mouth Syndrome
Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is a burning sensation on your tongue, roof of your mouth or lips. It can happen anywhere in your mouth or throat. BMS often starts seemingly out of nowhere. It may feel like your tongue is being burned by a hot liquid like coffee.
Causes of Burning Mouth Syndrome
Allergies to metal dental products or certain foods.
Teeth grinding or jaw clenching.
Symptoms of Burning Mouth Syndrome
Pain in your mouth that feels like tingling, scalding or burning.
Numbness in your mouth that comes and goes.
Diagnosis of Burning Mouth Syndrome
To confirm a diagnosis, your healthcare provider may perform:
Oral swab tests.
Salivary flow test.
Prevention of Burning Mouth Syndrome
There may not be a way to prevent BMS. But you can lessen the symptoms by avoiding anything that irritates your mouth, including:
High-acidic foods or drinks (like citrus juices).
Hot and spicy foods or drinks.
Mouthwash containing alcohol.
Treatment of Burning Mouth Syndrome
For burning mouth syndrome treatment, some medications can help. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hasn’t approved these drugs specifically for BMS, but your healthcare provider may prescribe them to help the symptoms. These medications include:
Gabapentin (a medicine used for seizures and herpes pain).